The city of Fresno is gearing up to clear out another homeless encampment on Wednesday, October 23rd.
It will be the fourth such cleanup in the last two months and marks the final one on the city's list.
It's located along Highways 180 and 99 near Thorne Ave. and Divisadero St. Three or four dozen people have moved on to this large chunk of private property. They call it home, but Fresno City Manager Bruce Rudd calls it a dump.
"We have health and safety issues. Considering it's next to an irrigation canal there's a lot of illegal dumping, a lot of trash, a lot of drug paraphernalia," said Fresno City Manager Bruce Rudd.
The city is following a court and has posted notices alerting folks they have until Wednesday to clear out. Nancy Holmes has been here the past eight months.
"I'm scared to death. I'm scared," said Nancy Holmes.
A man named Joe also lives here. Following a run in with the law, he moved out of his apartment to try and get a fresh new start. It's a decision he now regrets.
"It's not cool. It's really not a good lifestyle," said Joe.
The city's goal is to get these folks off the streets for good, so local agencies are being brought in to offer them help.
"Apartments, a permanent roof over their head. As well as other services they may need due to mental illness, drug addiction, alcohol abuse and things of that nature," said Rudd.
But Rudd says not everyone wants to abide by rules and regulations.
Reporter: "You willing to do that?"
Joe: "Yes I'm willing to do that."
Reporter: "Even if it means working a little bit?"
Joe: "Working is no problem."
"I'm trying to get out of the dirt. I can't do it. I worked really hard in this town for 30 years and i need my electricity, remote and shower everyday," said Holmes.
During the cleanup, the city will remove any belongings the people can't take with them and store them for 90 days. If the owners don't claim them after that time, they will be thrown away.
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